NACE is pleased to announce the launch of the NACE Challenge Development Programme – a suite of resources and support for schools focusing on improving provision for more able learners. The programme builds on the strong foundations of the NACE Challenge Framework, a well-established tool for whole-school self-evaluation and improvement in provision for the more able, within the context of challenge for all.

Having been streamlined and updated to align with the current national education context and priorities, the revised NACE Challenge Framework is now offered as part of a wider programme of support – including online resources, consultancy and bespoke CPD. It also offers the opportunity to apply for formal accreditation through the NACE Challenge Award.

Commenting on the new programme, which is available to schools from the start of October, NACE CEO Sue Riley said: “Drawn from the extensive database of best practice NACE holds, the resources have been compiled by specialists in school improvement, practising teachers and our team of educational consultants – they are focused on a whole-school model, and will help senior and middle leaders with policy, and departments with provision and practice.”

Hilary Lowe, NACE Challenge Adviser, added: “We know what positive impact the work we already undertake with schools has had. As all schools become more ambitious and knowledgeable about what can be achieved for a greater number of children, the expansion of the Challenge Development Programme will provide support and resources to help schools raise achievement for all learners capable of achieving highly and broadening their life horizons.”

The NACE Challenge Development Programme is designed to support schools across all phases and at all stages of development – including schools already demonstrating good or outstanding provision for more able learners, as well as those for whom this is a key action point for improvement. It is regularly reviewed to ensure it supports expectations set out in the Ofsted evaluation schedule, and is aligned with other current areas of emphasis in school improvement and accountability.

Information for schools in Wales

The NACE Challenge Development Programme builds on the strong foundations of the Welsh Challenge Framework, created a decade ago, when NACE was commissioned by the Welsh government to develop the national Quality Standards in Education for More Able and Talented Pupils. These standards are available to all schools in Wales, and can be used as the basis of assessment for the NACE Challenge Award. Find out more about our work in Wales.

Find out more about the NACE Challenge Development Programme

Free webinar for NACE members: join us on 16 November 2017 to find out more about the NACE Challenge Development Programme. Register here.